Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - PrintempsFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
589
Reviews:
333
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
73
For Trade:
5
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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into a beer goblet.
Look: clear, gold
Smell: Herb/spice bomb! Smelled like Ricola lozenges. No barnyard, no green strawberry aroma, no funk.
Taste: Tasted like a sickly sweet herbal liquor, like chartreuse. Little tartness. Phenols from the spices, tannic from the herbs, and overly sweet. Hard to get down a full goblet.
Feel: Viscous body, too low carb. Again, like Charteuse or herbal cough medicine.
Overall: Disappointed in this, my first Fantôme.
This is for the 2015 version, enjoyed in September of that year.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml green bottle into a goblet.

L - Color is light gold with some orange. Just a bit hazy with an unusual greenish tint when held up to the light. Head is ivory colored and piles insanely high on the initial pour. It settles to a thick blanket of creamy bubbles that looks like it could float a quarter even after settling.

S - Aromas are intense and complex and full of spices. Strong coriander is the most obvious component to me. It gives a sharp, medicinal note. Under that I get grassy notes, light lemon, and a bit of clove. The spices mask any malt or hops aromas for me.

T - The primary flavor component is sharp and medicinal, like the aroma, accompanied by strong bitterness. Again, it reminds me of coriander. After the initial astringent palate entry, things soften and the spices fade a bit. In mid-palate there is some low, clean, bready malt and grassy hos. In the finish are some bubblegum yeast notes, but at a lower level than the coriander, which reasserts itself at that point and in the aftertaste.

F - Medium body. Strong, prickly carbonation with some carbonic acid bite. Bitterness/astringency is strong but whether from hops or spices is unclear. Moderate alcohol presence. The finish is dry, despite some malt sweetness in mid-palate.

O - This is a strongly spiced beer with an unusually sharp aroma and flavor, but the overall experience is more pleasing than it sounds.

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Photo of TGanyone
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of James_Michaud91
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very pleasant saison. Strong herbal (Chamomile?), floral, grassy character to this highly carbed saison. No offputting flavors or lack of carbonation on this bottling. The alcohol in this is completely undetectable at 8%. Starts out with a hint of sweetness that I thought worked well with the herbal/grassy character.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spamNeggs
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ach. Well not the best example, perhaps. Cellar temp, gushed on opening.
I wish the taste followed the complex aroma, bit funky little spice/clove..maybe citrus. Really interesting.
Carbonation in this bottle is harsh. After the bubbles, it's heavy spice and not really balanced to my tastes. It did drink a little better 20m later.

Ah, even later I believe I can taste what it should have been.. far better. Maybe just a massively overcarbed example.

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Photo of puftdank
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjk135
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too much barnyard for me. Tastes like it was squeezed out of a horse blanket. I don't mind a little barnyard funk but this is a bit over the top.

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Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Liquidswordz
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmarlowe
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma and taste are rubber, burnt, and something I can't pinpoint.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share last night, purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. '14 vintage.

This one pours a cloudy light orange/yellow, with a half inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

This one smells super weird, and just funky. I get cucumber, dill, parmesan cheese, oregano, lemongrass, grassy hops, and some mild tartness. What the hell is going on here?

The more I drank this, the more it grew on me. All of the above foods are there, with the parmesan and the lemongrass being the most dominant flavors. There's a mild hop presence, with a very atypical yeast character. There's some slight citrus, but this just mostly tastes super earthy and green. I have no idea what spices go into this beer, but I feel like someone raided an old spice rack and just went to town here.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly grainy mouthfeel. Slightly oily.

This was quite possibly the weirdest beer I've ever had, but it was oddly enjoyable.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
2.77/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smells like I just stuck my nose in a jar of dried oregano. One of the strangest beers I've had.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ken_P
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I had was dated 1995. So I had low expectations of it holding up. Got an old apple taste from it. Surprised that the carbonation was high. Had an old vinegar smell to it. I do love trying these old bottles of Fantome I have.

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Photo of Doublechar0517
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Axnjxn
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RickS95
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a fairly non-descript appearance. Very clear for the style, with a copper orange color. The head is a very bright white, but doesn't retain that well. Each swirl brings new life to the head, but again, it's short-lived.

Smells saison-like. It's funky, that's the best word to describe it. Typical Belgian yeast with a pear skin/pepper scent that dominates. As it warms, the alcohol builds.

The flavor separates it from the wannabes. White pepper is always prevalent, but the pear and apple provide nice balance to the spice. Surprisingly, a crackerlike maltness evolves as the chill wears off.

I love Belgians, but I do wish they'd taper back the spicy pepper feel. This has a sweetness that almost cuts all the way through the spicy feel. Somehow, a creamy feel presents almost immediately as the beer hits the palate and works its way back. Medium bodied, the alcohol is mostly a bit player, its only job to warm the throat.

After the appearance, I had some doubts, but as usual, the Belgians know what they're doing. This isn't world class, but it's right up there. Despite the peppery feel, it goes down easy.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
4.04 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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